Gerard Pique has posted a screenshot of a bank statement to refute claims he is one of Barcelona’s biggest earners.
The Spanish defender was one of three Barca star’s claimed to be on big wages by Spanish TV3 programme Onze.
Lluis Canut stated that along with Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, Pique was raking in £450,000-a-week.
But the hugely successful Nou Camp legend has taken to social media to hit back at the claims by posting a bank statement of his payslip showing half his annual pay to be £2million.
Quote tweeting the video from Onze, he told his 20 million Twitter followers: “Characters like this charging for public television to defend their friends.
Gerard Pique has responded to claims he is still on big wages at Barcelona
“Here is 50 per cent of my payroll earned on December 30th. Respect yourself a little.”
Barcelona have also issued a statement regarding the matter, stating in it that Pique, Busquets and Alba all take a huge pay cut to stay with the club last summer.
Speaking on Friday, the LaLiga side said: “In relation to the manifestations of Mr. Lluís Canut carried out yesterday in the program ‘Onze’ of TV3, FC Barcelona wants to clarify the following.
“1. The information on the salaries of certain first team players has not, in any case, been provided by the Club and its origin is unknown.
“2. In any case, the amounts referred to in the information are erroneous, do not conform to reality and, furthermore, in the case of the first three players referred to, it gives as fixed amounts that, being variable, will possibly never be reached. to merit.
“3. It is false that the aforementioned players have only deferred 100% of their salary. Messrs. Piqué, Busquets and Alba gave up part of their salary when they signed the last contract renewal last summer
“We consider it inappropriate, unprofessional and that it has acted in bad faith when this information is offered as true and truthful and we regret that data of this type is provided that affects the personal rights of the players and that deserves, when they are true, the highest confidentiality.”
A number of other Barcelona players are understood to have taken a pay cut due to the club’s enormous debt.
Barcelona are currently trying to lower their wage bill to register Ferran Torres, following his £55m arrival from Manchester City.